Phillips praises “incredibly impressive” Santner for relieving pressure – LSB

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New Zealand all-rounder Glen Phillips said he shared his batting crest with Mitchell Santner before their crucial partnership was formed for the seventh wicket in the Dhaka Test. The visitors had been down to 69 for 6 chasing 137 runs on the fourth afternoon against Bangladesh before Santner and Phillips came together to rescue the team.
The duo added the rest of the 70 runs in the chase as the Bangladesh bowlers sought the last four wickets in what New Zealand skipper Tim Southee later described as the “worst pitch” of his career. The match saw the third-fewest number of balls in a Test in the last 100 years, when at least 36 wickets fell on either side.

Phillips said hitting 3.1 overs before the tea break was crucial for New Zealand at that stage. He said he told Santner about his method of playing at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Santner took the advice to himself, and finished unbeaten at 35.

“They were playing well at the time,” Phillips said. “It was a real blessing for us to have tea. We talked a little bit, we talked a little bit about tactics. He had incredibly quick movements. I allowed him to be involved in my game plan, about staying on the ball. “And using my hands and my bats to play the ball. He thought this was a good option for him too. The way he came out after tea and really took it to the bowlers, and the way he played the matches as well, was unbelievably impressive. It took the pressure off me.”

Phillips, who top-scored in both innings with 87 not out and 40 not out, said he wanted to bat in the second innings the same way he batted in the first. He hit nine fours and four sixes in a 72-ball knock on the first hole.

“I think at the end of the day, I stuck to my plan. It worked in the first innings. We made adjustments from the first game as well, so I stuck to that and kept my runs calm and clear. It’s still about attacking the bowlers when they make mistakes, but At the end of the day, it was about knocking down one run at a time. Take it as deep as you can.”

Phillips said New Zealand’s eight-run lead at the end of the first innings ensured they had the mental edge over Bangladesh. “Winning the toss was key for Bangladesh. Taking the lead in the first innings total was a blessing. Those eight runs made a huge difference. It gave the boys confidence going into the second innings with the bat.”

“The Bangladeshi bowlers were really good with the new ball. Some are slip, some are spin. It was difficult for our bowlers. It became easier to predict as the ball got older. Fortunately for us, it presented more scoring chances,” he said. He said.

Phillips also finished with eight wickets in the Test series, fulfilling his desire to be a relevant player in New Zealand’s attack. “It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to bowl so many balls. And to be able to take a few wickets as well. The process I’ve been through has really paid off.

“Timmy (Southey) had the confidence to go with me even though he knew I didn’t have enough experience, but fortunately the conditions were right for the spinners.”

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